Amuseum’s Lands: Devotion Manlands

Amuseum's Lands: Devotion Manlands is part of a series of articles for my land creations.

Devotion Manlands are rare lands that can tap to produce one mana of two colors. They enter tapped, and is a creature while your devotion to those colors are five or greater.

This is a cycle of ten cards for each pair of colors. They all have an evergreen keyword (including new keywords that are evergreen in my cards and sets) primary in those colors.

Amuseum’s Lands: Domains

Amuseum's Lands: Domains is the first in a series of articles for my land creations.

Domains are rare lands that can produce three mana in any combination of three specific colors. Their drawbacks are they enter tapped, and you must sacrifice it unless you phase out two other untapped lands.

This is a cycle of ten cards. Five cards are named after Alara shards, while other five are named after Tarkir khans.

VSV Official Site

VSV (Versatile Separate Values) now has an official site at https://www.ieants.cc/code/vsv/ . There you can read:

  • description and benefits of VSV
  • instructions on writing and reading VSV files
  • examples of various VSV code and outputs
  • lists, tables, playlist, subtitles, site summary, object notation, markup language
  • editor to test VSV / VML and view the results
  • download libraries of VSV implementation in various programming languages, including Lua, PHP, Javascript

New Vogon Deco frames

The new Vogon Deco frames are now available on the Shena'Fu's Card Creator.

The symbols appear quite large, like some other CCGs. Vogon Deco is great frame if your CCG or card uses a lot of symbols. You can put even more (smaller) icons in the extra bar (which behaves like rules, so use rules syntax.)

In Vogon Deco, the P/T now also acts like Mana Cost. Use Mana Cost and P/T to display symbols in fixed positions on the card. Use space in Mana Cost or P/T to levae a position blank and advance to the next position. Mana Cost surrounds the art; P/T surrounds the rules.

Recommend you utilize Custom Mana to use your own symbols.

Even for Magic, you can use icons for evergreen keywords, like flying, haste, trample, etc.

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No Refunds on Freedoms Forfeited

No Refunds on Freedoms Forfeited

Lives can and will be replenished. Whether it's unfortunate natural or other causes, but eventually mankind can and will sustain against an epidemic, and prosper. May take a while to recover to former conditions, but so far the adaptable human species has prospered despite anything terrible nature has thrown at them.

On the contrary, freedom and rights conceded is not so easily or certain to be regained. Rarely in history has a leader or elites voluntarily relinquished their power and authority to the masses they control. More likely the freedom and rights must be usurped through conflict. Which leads to mass destruction, not unlike an epidemic. 

So examine the outcome of this epidemic. Lots of people will die due to the virus regardless of authoritarian lockdown policies. These draconian edicts have negligible --possibly even detrimental -- effect on saving people from an epidemic. 

The other outcome, along with the loss of lives, is the loss of freedoms and rights -- most probably permanently. Most people yearn to "return to the way things were" before the epidemic. But even if the virus were defeated (unfortunately after much suffering and death), life will never return to normal. Because the new normal is now less freedom, less rights, less privileges, for the common citizen. That they have passed on to the elites to "safeguard" during a crises. 

But there is no way they will just hand it back. They will continue to hoard their newfound powers -- "for the common good", of course. The elites will continue to lie, coerce, propogandize. That is their nature, the nature of anybody in power. But that situation is not entirely their fault. When the masses have given up their rights voluntarily, they must also face the probability (more likely than not) that they would never get it back. (At least not so easily.)

Laws during crises or emergency are put "into the books" immediately. But are not as easily undone -- not even temporary ones. Some laws may be forgotten and just left alone; yet they still have effect. 

On the other hand, repealing a law is much more difficult than enacting one. Such a process must overwhelmingly convince the lawmakers and courts. Comparatively, attempts to repeal a law requires greater effort than creating a law.

Thus once a law to remove your freedom and rights has been enacted, a greater effort must be expended by you, the common citizen, in order to return the original right you conceded. A law created during a crisis takes a day or a week to write and ratify, but the reverse process could take months, years -- and you would still lose, most likely. Not to mention the overwhelming mental and financial burden necessary to persist. 

[MTG deck] Singularity Natural Order

Use Natural Order to bring in ridiculously powerful green creatures, including Apex Altisaur and Terastodon--which are one-sided Wrath of God and Armageddon, respectively.

Mana--24
4 Tropical Island
2 Savannah
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Windswept Heath
1 Gaea's Cradle
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Karakas
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Lumbering Falls
1 Celestial Colonnade
1 Mobilized District
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Sol Ring

Others--13
4 Leyline of Singularity
1 Future Sight
1 Sylvan Library
1 Batterskull
3 Natural Order
1 Green Sun's Zenith
1 Time Walk
1 Ancestral Recall
Creatures--23
-- 1cc
1 Birds of Paradise
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Noble Hierarch
-- 2cc
1 Bloom Tender
1 Gyre Sage
1 Lotus Cobra
1 Sylvan Caryatid
1 Tarmogoyf
1 Stoneforge Mystic
-- 3cc
1 Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea
1 Deputy of Detention
1 Edric, Spymaster of Trest
1 Selvala, Heart of the Wilds
1 Thassa, God of the Sea
-- 4cc
2 Captain Sisay
1 Nylea, Keen-Eyed
1 Elvish Piper
-- 5cc+
1 Murkfiend Liege
1 Primeval Titan
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Terastodon
1 Apex Altisaur
Sideboard
1 Aura of Silence
1 City of Solitude
1 Cold-Eyed Selkie
1 Dovescape
1 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Ray of Revelation
1 Rest in Peace
1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty
1 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
1 Thalia, Heretic Cathar

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Democrat Party is Results Oriented, Thus Misguided

In recent decades, after suffering concussive losses of the Presidency to the Republicans, a few states led by Democrat party majority have formed a coalition to abolish the electoral college. This supports my theory of results oriented vs process oriented thinking. Whereby Democrats/progressives are results oriented and Republicans/conservatives are process oriented. Results oriented is basically using whatever means necessary to achieve a result. The fatal flaw of results oriented is thinking only about a specific result, and neglecting all other results that are equally probable. In this case, Democrats are expecting that dissolving electoral college will help their party because of past results. That's another flaw of results oriented--each future incident does not necessarily follow from previous incidents.

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Improving Classroom Behavior

The main problem with education is the sharing of information and knowledge only flows in one direction--typically from teacher to students. If that's all education system does, we can just eliminate teachers and have students learn by watching videos all day. So what's the point and benefit of stuffing children into crowded classrooms?

One may surmise that schools bring children together so they can learn to socialize and make friends. But then why punish children for being active and expressive?
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